Anonymous UserIT Manager at a retailer
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"The most valuable feature is that it also works as a next-gen firewall because it has security features."
"The feature that I find to be the most valuable is the bandwidth aggregation."
"It's a cloud-based solution that integrates well with everything."
"The WAN aggregation feature is the most valuable."
"It's a pretty straightforward solution."
"The scalability is quite good."
"TCP optimization... caches a particular TCP connection and the next time a user uses that connection he will reach the destination easily."
"I find the most valuable to be the compression and exchange replication."
"It is very easy to install the solution."
"They should add more sophisticated security features. It should also be integrated into the cloud."
"They can't do one-to-one NAT (Network Address Translation) in AP (their access point), and that is something that Palo Alto can do."
"I would like to see better integration with identity providers."
"Its functionality is a bit limited in some areas as compared to a Cisco solution. It is not as granular. It doesn't have the manageability, feature set, and capabilities of a larger or an enterprise-level solution. It just needs a more robust feature set and granularity."
"The price could be better."
"We would like the product to continue to improve its security."
"Application response time and network performance could be improved."
"They should include a network switch in a future release."
"The product should offer more integration capabilities."
"The price is not an issue for us, as it is priced more competitively than some other vendors."
"If you compare with VeloCloud, the price is the same or even cheaper."
"You pay yearly based on the speed of your network. If you increase the speed of your network, you increase the cost for your throughput. It is by bandwidth for the most part and then licenses for VPN. There is some per-seat licensing for VPN access, but the majority of it is minimal. It is like $30 a year per client. The rest is based on how much bandwidth you'll use. You pay for that upfront for the year, and if you have to increase it, you increase it, and then they let you send more data through. There are no additional costs in addition to the standard licensing fees."
"Cato Networks seems more expensive than Cisco Meraki."
"The solution is expensive and the service contacts are costly too. The cost of the device makes the value proposition borderline acceptable for us. The service contract fees we pay is approximately $30,000 annually."
Cato connects your branch locations, physical and cloud datacenters, and mobile users into a secure and optimized global network in the cloud.
One Network, protected by One Security stack and enforcing One Policy.
The Cato Cloud Network is built on a globally distributed network of Points of Presence (PoPs). The PoPs are interconnected with an encrypted and optimized multi-carrier private backbone to ensure optimal global traffic routing. The Cato Cloud Network provides an affordable, SLA-backed, global enterprise network backbone.
Riverbed SteelHead is the industry's #1 optimization solution for accelerated delivery of all applications across the hybrid enterprise. SteelHead also provides better visibility into application and network performance and the end user experience plus control through an application-aware approach to hybrid networking and path selection based on centralized, business intent-based policies for what you want to achieve as a business.
Cato Networks is ranked 1st in WAN Optimization with 6 reviews while Riverbed Steelhead is ranked 4th in WAN Optimization with 3 reviews. Cato Networks is rated 8.8, while Riverbed Steelhead is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Cato Networks writes "Easy to deploy, easy to manage, and helpful for network stability and reliability". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Riverbed Steelhead writes "Scalable Data Referencing provides LAN-like speed over WAN". Cato Networks is most compared with Zscaler SASE, Cisco SD-WAN, Prisma Access by Palo Alto Networks, VMware SD-WAN and Fortinet FortiGate, whereas Riverbed Steelhead is most compared with WAAS, Citrix SD-WAN, Silver Peak VX, Silver Peak NX and Ipanema IpIengine. See our Cato Networks vs. Riverbed Steelhead report.
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